Photo courtesy of Gary Orona. All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Gary Orona. All rights reserved.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A learning experience

I have learned a lot about self-publishing over the past several weeks. As such, I removed my boom from all of the ePub's and Kindle temporarily until I can update and revise the book. It's time to be honest with myself and realize that I needed one more clear edit before going live. I guess I just became anxious having spent the last two years or more working on it and I wanted it out there. I rushed it, pure and simple. I will admit that I feel the book is pretty awesome. I read sections that excite me and others that bring back mixed emotions. But this is my one chance to be considered a true novelist and a good one at that, so I will give it one more pass and make it the book I intended. Until then, patience.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Revise, Revise, then Revise again

I have read through and edited my first novel at least a dozen times... AT LEAST! It took me more than two years to get it to where it is and then today I found glaring errors in grammar and spelling. I even have my beautiful wife helping me, and yet we still find errors. It is very frustrating. At times, I will read a passage and think "Wow... did I write that? I love it!" and then only a few sentences later I'll catch a typo. I guess a novel is a living document that will be revised for years to come. My only satisfaction is knowing that the story is what I wished to tell, regardless of what will 'sell' or make me famous. I have no allusions of grandeur. I'll find all those errors if it's the last thing I ever do!! And it probably will be too... ;)

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Quanshu

In the novel, Seth learns a fighting art called Quanshu. This is an actual word from the ancient Chinese fighting style of Kung Fu. It means the art of the fist and is often used with the word quanfa, the technique of the fist. The 'q' is actually pronounced as 'ch', so it is 'chan-shu' in English. Where Quanshu represents fists styles, the term Quan refers to the entire body forms of traditional Shaolin martial arts, including weapons. This is why sometimes you may come across Shaolinquan, or Taichiquan; which embodies many forms within the fighting system. In Kung Fu, there are many, many styles. But they are often broken into two ambiguous regions in China: northern style and southern forms. The southern fist forms were created to counter the northern styles mainly in response to the size of the opponent. Martial artists in the north were often taller and leaner than their southern cousins, with long legs and far reach; able to keep a southern fighter at distance with techniques designed to take advantage against an opponent. The southern tiger forms were a response to that difference; they use fist techniques and speed to get inside of a larger combatant and use his size against him. So in Aevum, Seth is smaller than most of the inhabitants. In the chapter The Quanshu, where he spars with Otto, Seth uses the southern style to defeat the larger man. Of course, Seth also used the black nether, but it was through the Quanshu that he was able to beat the hulk of a man. If you wish to learn more about the art of the fist, I highly recommend a book by Wong Kiew Kit: The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu.